Do You Have Peace?
The world's peace is different from God's peace. The world's peace is external and depends on feelings and tries to control; but God's peace is internal, dependant on trust, and lets go by trusting God to control.
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." (John 14:27, NASB)
Peace WITH God (Reconciliation and Relationship)
Regardless of how good you are, you have sinned and sin demands a penalty. Romans 6:23 teaches "the wages of sin is death." A just God cannot overlook sin any more than a just judge can overlook a violation of the law. Sin must be punished. No matter how good you are, you face eternal separation from God.
Sin means to miss the mark. God Himself is the mark and even the best people have missed it. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." God is the standard as He is The Way, and The Truth, and The Life. No one is able to have a relationship with God except through Jesus (John 14:6). No amount of good living will bridge that gap.
God has not left you hopeless though. He has provided The Way. "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (Corinthians 5:21). In light of your sin, you need two thngs: His righteousness and someone to pay your penalty. Jesus Christ provided both. God treated the One Who knew no sin as though He were the guiltiest of all. He took your punishment. Christ died in your place. He paid the penalty. He then arose the third day victorious over sin and the grave. Corinthians 5:21 goes on to say, "that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." Since your righteousness will not satisfy God, Christ provides you with His. Christ covers you with His righteousness. Therefore, when God looks at you, He does not see your own inadequate goodness. Instead, He sees the perfection of His Son. Having paid your penalty, Jesus Christ can now clothe you with His perfection so that when God looks at you, He does not see your sin. He sees the righteousness of His perfect Son Who died in your place.
How do you get this right standing with God? The Bible answers with one word - BELIEVE. "But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12). And Romans 4:5 tells us "But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness." Believe means "trust." You, as a sinner deserving punishment, must trust Christ as your personal Savior. His death in your place paid for your sins. You must trust in Him as your only way to heaven - not trusting anything you have done to get you to heaven; not trusting Christ plus what you have done, but trusting Christ alone. The moment you trust Christ, God looks at your sin as covered by the blood shed on the cross. At the same time, He takes the righteousness of His Son and places it on you. You stand before a holy God completely right in His sight. You are forever His. "But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, "Abba, Father" (Galatians 4:4-6).
John 5:24 explains, "He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life." It is not a prayer that saves you. But, prayer is a way to express what you are doing. You may want to use this prayer to express to God what you are doing:
"Dear God, I know I am a sinner. Nothing I do will get me to heaven. But I believe Jesus Christ died for me and rose from the dead. Right now I put my trust in Christ alone as my only way to heaven. Thank you for the eternal life I now have. In Jesus' name, Amen."
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Rom. 5:1)
Peace OF God (Inner Calmness and Inner Harmony)
We cannot have peace OF God until we first have peace WITH God. What a wonderful joy we may have once we trust Jesus! Even in the midst of the storms of our life. Or as John 16:33 explains, "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
And what comfort in the instruction from Philippians 4:4-9: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you."
"Throw the whole of your anxiety upon Him, because He Himself cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)